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I should learn to not be surprised when I experience synchronistic situations that mirror the lessons that I am teaching to my Release Density & Shift Your Life group in my personal life, but I'll tell ya, it gets me every single time. One of the homework assignments I gave my group this week was to complete a digital detox since we were talking about identifying what is no longer serving them in their present space.
The lesson came full circle as I was just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and noticed an unsavory comment from a distant relative on another relative's posted video. Normally I wouldn't have even acknowledged the interaction, but I was irked by the audacity of the comment and obviously didn't think it was appropriate or funny.
Just because someone is "family", related to you by blood or marriage, or simply because you have known them for an extended period of time does not mean they have the right to invade your personal space with their negativity and bullshit. So take a moment and think to yourself, when's the last time you just shook your head as you read someone's commentary on social media? Sounds like you may benefit from a digital detox. Read on to see how I recommend starting your digital detox!
Love and Light,
While I was sitting outside thinking about writing a post reflecting on Rosh Hashanah, I heard a song start to drift around the apartment. "You can't always get what you want" eerily rang through my space and answered with "but you get what you need". And just like that, a song that I had been familiar with, changed meanings entirely.
Sometimes we don't know what we want. This time last year I had no idea what my future would hold. None of the beautiful gifts that this year has created were even on my radar. When we trust, we get what we need. This year I published my first book, met and got engaged to the man of my dreams and grew closer with my family.
The New Year is a time of reflection and celebration. To examine the highs and the lows of the past year; to honor the good done and look for the silver linings within the challenges we have faced. Sometimes the things that we have faced are not what we first thought or even imagined possible, but can look back with accomplishment. We are not who we once were and never can be that person again, with each and every day we grow and evolve into our truest version of ourselves.
With that thought, I leave you with my best wishes for a Shana Tova (Happy New Year)! May this be your best year yet! I can't wait to see what we have in store for 5777! It's feelin pretty lucky to me with the triple 7's 🎰
Love and Light,
xo Arielle Sterling
Recently an old friend of mine from high school and I reconnected via the magic of Facebook. He was surprised to see that I had written a book, and during conversation he mentioned that he wanted to hear my thoughts on addiction. I wanted to gather my thoughts before I talked to him, but I also needed to get clear for myself on what addiction meant to me personally. I soon received guidance that this was an opportunity to start an open conversation about the concept of addiction.
The first thing that crossed my mind when he asked me was, “why does he want to talk to me about addiction? What does he know?” Fear and embarrassment were my initial reactions to his inquiry. Was I more of a mess than I remember? Maybe. Did people talk about me? Possibly. Did any of that matter anymore? After taking a few deep breaths and re-centering myself, I began to recognize that the fear and embarrassment over discussing addiction were old emotions and, no, it didn’t matter anymore. If I could help someone shift their perspective on addiction, then it was time for me to address the issue for myself as well, once and for all.
I blinked and nearly missed the entire month of May! Seriously, where did it go? I have been so busy working on my new book, Shift Happens! 21 Days to Better Energy Through the Chakra, I realized that I barely allowed myself time to do anything else that was not book related. Whoopsies!
That being said, I am so very excited about this book and all of the amazing energy surrounding it! Though I do not have an official release date yet other than VERY SOON, I wanted to share some of the things that you can look forward to learning more about!!
Salt baths are one of my favorite ways to clear and balance all my chakra at the same time. These baths help to move energy and draw out any toxins and impurities in the system. If you do not have access to a bathtub, you can also use this solution as a soak for your feet. I typically use a 3:2:1 ratio of Epsom Salt, baking soda and pink Himalayan sea salt in the hottest water that I can stand and whatever essential oil I am guided to use at the time.
In utilizing the hottest water possible, the toxins are drawn to the surface of the skin and as the water gradually cools, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis. Baking soda helps to neutralize the chemicals in unfiltered water, primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption. Epsom salt is chemically magnesium sulfate; its main ingredients, magnesium and sulfur are poorly absorbed from food intake, but readily absorbed through the skin. Pink Himalayan sea salt contains 84 essential minerals that mimic a mother’s amniotic fluid, making the skin feel nourished and super soft.
People have long loved the watching the debauchery that comes along with April the first. I used to be one of those individuals who loved pranking people — getting a rise out of someone was a favorite activity and boy, could I do a lot of damage in one April Fool’s Day! There are many theories as to the hypothetical origins of this day, going as far back in history as the ancient Roman festival of “Hilaria” to the medieval “Feast of Fools”, to the possible effect of calendrical changes in Europe — the idea is clearly not a new one.
When I worked in banking, the pranks were daily and everyone was in on it—management included! Cell phones were hidden in the strangest of places (on top of a bandit barrier, anyone?), computer mice were disabled due to tape over the laser tracker, computer screens flipped directions and random items appeared and disappeared like no one’s business. It was all fun and games until it got in the way of doing our job, which for us, did happen upon occasion. Luckily, our clientele base was mainly regulars who appreciated seeing us having fun, but begs the question, what do we get out of pranking people?
At its core, pranking people is really about the set up and the surprise of the act, but why should it have to be in malice? I learned this lesson with the last prank that I pulled. It started with me trolling the internet, looking for simple, yet effective ways to initiate some shenanigans at the expense of my boss. She was gone for an extended time (which also happened to be over April Fools), so I had plenty of time to explore options, acquire accomplices and plan high jinks accordingly. I had already done or had seen most of the pranks I found in my search, so after contemplation and plotting, my cronies and I came up with a master plan.
I feel like Good Friday seems like as good a day as any to discuss old beliefs, don’t you? How many things are there in your life that you do that don’t make sense to you or don’t resonate with you, but you continue to do anyways? As humans, we habitually continue to do things that once may have made sense to us, but no longer serve a purpose or space within us.
For example, I have a friend who takes issue with saying the term “bless you” after someone sneezes. Now its not that she isn’t kind or caring, it is the etymology or history of where the term came about that raises concern. The usage of this phrase initiated from a fear that when an individual sneezed their soul left their body and an evil spirit could enter instead. Thus, people would say “[G-d] bless you” out of fear, as a form of protection. Sneezing is a perfectly normal bodily function allowing us to release energy in a rapid manner, not something that should have any fear attached to it. As someone who has allergies and has been sneezing a lot over the past week, let me tell you, I do not want to have that yucky energy lingering over me each time I sneeze. It has, however, been highly entertaining to hear the utterances she has come up with instead since its still habit to acknowledge the sneeze in some way; my favorite so far being "good job” which still sends me into fits of hysterical laughter even as I type this.
Most people have heard of the word chakra in yoga class or in passing, but really don’t have an idea of what they actually are and the impact that they have on the body. Chakra, the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk”, were first described in the Hindu books of knowledge, known as the Vedas. In the practices of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, this term refers to the spinning energy points or nodes located throughout the body. These vortexes are part of the subtle (non-physical) energy body. Prana is the “life force” energy that flows throughout the energy body of all living beings: humans, animals, plants, and even crystals.
Traditional texts indicate that there are over 88,000 spinning energy points across the human body. When discussing the chakras, I will be referencing the seven main ones that align with the spine, however, there are approximately 40 secondary chakras that also have significance. The first three chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus) are chakras of physical matter or relating to the body. The fourth chakra, the heart chakra, acts as a bridge connecting the physical and the spiritual chakras. The upper chakras (throat, third eye, crown) are connected to spirit.
Arielle's love of writing has afforded her the opportunity to apprentice with best selling authors, intern with community leaders, and blog for international corporations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Human Communication and a Certificate in Writing from Arizona State University in 2013.
"All of my experiences have been amazing!! Just wish I lived closer so I could have more face to face sessions! No words can truly describe the amazing abilities Arielle has. The first day I met her I felt an immediate connection. I have lived a very hard life of constant anxiety from years of mental and emotional abuse, my walls are very high as far as who I let in or feel comfortable with . I am a skeptic and rarely trust anyone I meet. Anytime I am near her or even just speaking to her via phone or FaceTime I have an immediate sense of calm. Just recently I made a big move across the country and I have gone to her for guidance every step of the way. Because of her I have found myself again. I can honestly say I am the happiest I have been in 15 years. I know I am in control of my own destiny and the life choices I have made are mine and mine alone but without Arielle's constant support and genuine caring guidance I would still feel as alone as I've felt my whole life." - A.G., Davenport, IA
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